What is the fastest cetacean in the world?

May 5, 2017

The Dall’s porpoise is considered to be the world’s fastest cetacean, about to reach speeds up to 35 mph (56 km/.h) in bursts over short distances. Named for American naturalist W.H. Fall who was the […]

What is “bow riding”?

January 16, 2017

Bow riding is when marine mammals swim near the front part (the bow) of a ship. Dolphins and porpoises are the most common animals that participate in bow riding, though on occasion larger cetaceans like […]

Order: Cetacea (Odontoceti, Mysticeti)

December 21, 2016

All whales, dolphins and porpoises are cetaceans, which have two categories: toothed and baleen (toothless). Cetaceans live solely in the water and cannot survive on land. The main propulsion for any cetacean is his rear […]

Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)

December 16, 2016

Killer whales most widely distributed marine mammals, found in all parts of the oceans; most abundant in colder waters, including Antarctica, the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They also occur, though at lower densities, in […]

Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

December 16, 2016

Blue whales are baleen whales and are found worldwide. Blue whales in the Northern Hemisphere are generally smaller than those in the Southern Hemisphere. In the North Atlantic and North Pacific, they can grow up […]

Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

December 14, 2016

Short-beaked common dolphins are small dolphins under 9 feet (2.7 m) long and weigh about 440 pounds (200 kg). As adults, males are slightly larger than females. They have a rounded “melon”, moderately long beak, and a […]

Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis)

December 14, 2016

Northern right whale dolphins are members of the delphinid family and the subfamily Lissodelphinae. They are approximately 6.5-10 ft (2-3 m) in length and weigh 130-250 lbs (60-115 kg). Males are generally larger than females. This species has a […]

Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

December 13, 2016

Harbor porpoises have a small, robust body with a short, blunt beak. Females are slightly larger than males. They have a medium-sized triangular dorsal fin. Their back is dark gray while their belly and throat […]

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